MAS LL.M in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights 2019

This one-year full-time postgraduate degree (60 ECTS) is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered in Europe today.



September 2019 - August 2020
60 ECTS credits
264 Teaching hours
Full time programme









Registration deadline

1 March 2019


CHF 18'000.-


  • Provide advanced, comprehensive and practical training in IHL, international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law, as well as the interplay between them
  • Provide a solid exposure to practical work via internships with leading actors and participation in moot courts and public pleadings


Law school graduate with a solid academic record:

- Candidate must hold a full degree in law or have a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to the programme (e.g. IHL, IHRL and international criminal law)
- Professional experience in a field related to the programme is preferable


The programme is structured around the following seven components:

  • Core courses
  • Optional courses
  • Internships
  • Moot Courts
  • Military Briefings
  • LLM Paper
  • Study Trip


Professor Marco SASSÒLI, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Dany DIOGO, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), as well as the interplay between them. Students gain access to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from direct connections with leading actors in the field like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and share ideas with other participants from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives. The programme allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. Core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law. Optional courses allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as the protection of children in armed conflict and post-conflict, counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.

Pedagogical method

  • Core courses
  • Optional courses
  • Writing of a paper
  • Internships with leading Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights organizations
  • Moot courts

Admission criteria

Candidates must have:

  • A full degree in law (received by June at the latest) enabling the applicant to sit the bar exam in the relevant country; or another degree if the applicant has a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to our programme (e.g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law)
  • A strong academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme (e.g. professional experience, internships, summer school, conferences attended, publications, etc.)
  • A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a recognized test, that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy. This requirement does not apply if (1) your mother tongue is English; (2) you have taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree; (3) you have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment
  • A passive knowledge of French is an asset as students might have to attend conferences and class presentations in French

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